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Spend a few days unwinding in remote cottages or camping in the Cederberg Wilderness Area South Africa. Amazing hiking routes, rock formations, bush rock art and an array of exotic plants and animals will surround you whether you want to spend the whole time hiking and exploring or just chilling out and taking photographs; you'll be as far away from city life as you can possibly get.
The Cederberg Wilderness Area is situated about 200km north of Cape Town and is made up of over 70,000 hectares of rugged mountainous terrain. A popular destination for hikers, the landscape is particularly famous for the dramatic sandstone rock formations found there. As well as the multitude of caves, peaks and ravines to explore, the area also plays host to some outstanding rock art or cave paintings - by the area's original inhabitants, the San people - said to date back almost 6,000 years! As if that's not enough, there are also more than 100 bird species to be found here, as well as rich fynbos vegetation and wildlife including baboons, porcupines, aardvarks and the elusive mountain leopard.
This trip is all about re-connecting with yourself and the local environment. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cape Town and drive you out to your accommodation in the Cederberg Wilderness Area and will sort out all of your food. Then it's time to decide (with the help of your guide) how you want to spend your break! There is no set itinerary, but you certainly won't be short of things to do. You may decide to explore the area by foot, on one of the day hikes up and around the rock formations, or visit the Sevilla Art Trail, a four kilometre trail viewing 10 pieces of the famed ancient rock art. With the stunning landscape and relatively few tourists around though, you will probably just want to sit back and take in the magnificent views and breathe in the fresh mountain air!
This is a great tour for someone who loves being in the wilderness and needs a break from city life - if you love camping, all the better. If you are a photographer or count it as a hobby, you should book this tour - the scenery and rock formations are out of this world and you may just see a baboon, porcupine and other animals too. As there is no set agenda for the trip, you can go very much at your own pace, so there is no need to be super fit, and no reason why children can't be included as well.
A wonderful four days that far exceeded my expecations. Kevin is a great tour guide, good company, a great cook and everything was superbly organised. It was fantastic being able to tailor-make the trip in advance and I heartily recommend Afruka Eco Tours
stepcots reviewing Explore the Cederberg Wilderness Area
It was an extraordinary experience in the beautiful and unique Cederberg area. We discovered not only the spectacular rock formations and Southern Africa San Rock painting art, but also a rich flora and wildlife. This is an amazing - and quite preserved - region, not so well known by foreign tourists, and at only 3h by car from Cape Town.
Last, by not least, our guide was just great !
Hélène, Olivier and Georges from Paris, France.
hbierne reviewing Explore the Cederberg Wilderness Area
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